A tractor-trailer driver traveling through central Minnesota barely missed a sixth grade Hawick, Minnesota student, Alexis Schwartz, as she approached her school bus. The truck was traveling around 45 to 50 miles per hour when it made an illegal pass around the bus. No one was injured in this incident.
This close call occurred early on the morning of Friday, May 30 on Highway 23 in Paynesville, Minnesota. Bus driver Mike Egerman had stopped the bus, put out the stop arm and turned on flashing lights. Two automobiles had stopped, one behind the bus and the other coming in the opposite direction. When the truck rapidly approached the school bus, it made no attempt to slow or stop as the other vehicles had.
When Egerman saw the semi-truck pass by his bus as Schwartz approached, he thought she had been hit. Egerman is a compassionate bus driver and said he was “shook up” by the incident, which affected him for the rest of the day. He describes the children who ride his bus as being like his family.
Thirteen-year-old Schwartz estimates that the tractor-trailer was about an inch and a half away from her when it passed. She described her fear and shock as the truck approached. Schwartz said the semi “came out of nowhere,” and she felt wind and dust as it passed. “There were angels watching over me,” said Schwartz.
A video was posted to youtube from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The youtube video shows the truck speeding by the stopped bus from the perspective of a camera on the bus’s dashboard. Several 911 calls had been made regarding the incident, but the truck could not be identified by any witnesses. The video’s accompanying message urged members of the community to assist the police in tracking down the tractor-trailer and driver. By Tuesday evening, the truck driver had turned himself in. The illegal pass is considered a gross misdemeanor.
People involved in the incident:
- Alexis Schwartz, 13
- Mike Egerman
Authorities have not released the truck driver’s name
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